Any skin concerns you may have, the cosmeceutical gods can heal!
The term ‘cosmeceutical’ is a portmanteau of the word’s cosmetics and pharmaceutical, coined by dermatologist Dr Albert Kligman in 1984. Cosmeceuticals provide therapeutic benefits for the skin and improve the skin’s health and beauty. Oh là là... These high-performance ingredients transform the skin by applying topically to enhance and support the skin cell function. Some active ingredients are limited to the skin surface while others can penetrate deeper levels of the skin.
As you know, the French are obsessed with the all-natural look, so they use the secret weapon of cosmeceuticals to enhance their natural beauty. Oui-oui! Cosmeceuticals are now a household name and are available over-the-counter, without prescription. And if you're an avid French pharmacy lover, you'd know the plethora of cosmeceutical assortments available to target any skin concern for all skin types.
Cosmeceuticals truly are a gift from heaven, and the ladies at French Beauty Co agree! We asked what their fave cosmeceutical saviour is and here’s what they had to say:
Emilie's Radiance Secret - Etat Pur Propolis
"Etat Pur Propolis was made for skin like mine. I love that this active ingredient keeps my blemishes at bay whilst targeting dullness. It's simple to incorporate yet effective in giving my skin exactly what it needs."
Active ingredient: Propolis
Propolis is a god-sent anti-inflammatory ingredient with wound-healing properties. It fights against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Bees are behind this astounding antiseptic which they use to build hives and prevent any diseases from growing. Propolis is remarkable for acne-prone skin and any dullness and ageing concerns as it helps with skin cell turnover.
Melanie's Eye Saviour - Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm
"It's magic in a tube! I have gone through a few bottles as it has diminished my fine lines over time and keeps my under-eyes hydrated to prevent any signs of ageing. I cannot live without this Caudalie eye cream!"
Active ingredient: Resveratrol
The fountain of youth is Resveratrol. This potent antioxidant fights ageing, protects the skin, and improves the skin's overall appearance. Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes and protects the skin cells against damage that leads to ageing. Resveratrol is magnifique for redness, sun damage, uneven skin, dryness and any sign of ageing.
Leanne's Glow-to Go-to - Filorga Meso-Mask Radiance Mask
"For an instantly glowing complexion, Meso-Mask Radiance Mask is my go-to fix! My combination dry skin soaks this up in just 15 minutes. Results are immediate, leaving my skin radiant and super plump like a baby's bottom!"
Active ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid
The household name in skincare is hyaluronic acid, known for giving a natural glow. Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its weight in water to plump and hydrate the skin. Unfortunately, this molecule naturally occurring in the skin decreases production as we age. Oh cher! This is where cosmeceuticals with this miraculous ingredient come in to save the day, fighting dehydration and lacklustre skin.
Debbie's Bright Light - SVR Ampoule [C] Anti-Ox
“I’m a Vitamin C junkie and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Laboratoire SVR. It over-delivered my expectations, a real pleasure to use. The texture enables you to work the product into the skin (I use a jade roller for extra massage). It smells delicious and has a high potency, not usually common in topical Vitamin C products.”
Active ingredient: Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant penetrates the deep layers of the skin to shield against environmental stressors. Environmental damage can lead to the appearance of lines, dullness and enlarges pores. Merci cosmeceutical angels for giving us Vitamin C to target pigmentation by brightening the complexion and reduce signs of ageing by stimulating the production of collagen.
Ivy's Skin Barrier Hero - Bioderma Sensibio Defensive
"The Bioderma Sensibio Defensive range is a miracle for my dry and sensitive skin! It's fragrance-free which I have struggled to find in the past with other brands. It manages to hydrate without feeling too heavy and uncomfortable on my skin. No other product will feel as good as this after a peel. Couldn't recommend it more!"
Active ingredient: Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a super hydrating molecule that works as a humectant and an emollient, strengthening skin barrier function. It is anti-inflammatory and helps soothe and calm the skin, and just like Vitamin C, it's an antioxidant that fights free radicals. The Vitamin E powerhouse is an all-rounder with its moisturising and healing benefits.